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Step outside your comfort zone to get the most out of your software

by Tris Hussey on January 9th, 2007

Yeah, okay that might be a strange title, but work with me here.  I got the idea for this post after reading all the lauds for Google Reader.  Wait, I thought you were an Attensa guy, you say.  I am.  I like being able to read my feeds off line while on the ferry, but … But I also pride myself on trying just about every RSS reader I come across.  Why?  Because I want to know what’s out there so I can help others make good choices.  Am I liking Google Reader?  Yeah, right now it’s pretty good.  That isn’t the point of this post, though.

How many times have you watched someone do something in Word or Excel or Photoshop that you know can be done an easier way?  Tons.  Tons, I’m sure.  So, here’s my challenge to you, try to find something in you favourite app that you didn’t know was there before.  Maybe a wizard for mailing lists or an easier way to enter formulas.  Here’s one I picked up a while ago, the Excel formula guide.  Did you know that there is an easy to read list of all the functions Excel has built in organized by type?  Yeah, I know!  I used to keep a cheat sheet of functions and their syntax (I always want the averaging function to be ave instead of average), but now I just use the function list.  Not only does it tell you what the function does, but the syntax too.  How cool is that?

So step out of your comfort zone, you never know what you’ll find.

Oh, btw, this doesn’t mean I’m going to give those silly ice breaker exercises a chance.  I still prefer strong coffee and a nice selection of danish or donuts to get a meeting off right.



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